from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A man who is the eldest or senior member of a group.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A commander in charge of ten men.
- n. The senior, or eldest male member of a group.
- n. A leading light, or exemplar of a particular practice or movement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Lit., a dean; the senior member of a body or group.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dean.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a man who is the senior member of a group
The rules say the oldest MEP - or "doyen" - chairs the session until a new parliament president is elected.
Medical readers will know that the Lancet - the other "doyen" of medical journalism in the UK, is no less rabid in its abuse of Israel.
I also enjoyed your piece at 'Dark Trees about the "doyen".
I believe the term for these cunning folks is "doyen," and they're just about everywhere I go in the Guggenheim, doing, well, what one expects: explaining what the art means.
In the one, dated 1423, he is styled 'doyen' (senior inhabitant) of the village, which gave him rank next to the Mayor.
He said Mr Spence was seen as a "doyen" and that his words would carry "weight and impact".
They paid tribute to the zoo's "doyen", whose distinctive personality and "demonstrative lovemaking" had made him a favourite with the French public.
You think you hold the title of "doyen" that "scoops are not given exclusively to you.
Oddly enough, "doyen" (as in, 'The doyen' of the Washington press corps. ") is pure Biblical
Boing Boing reader Genise Schnitman says, "Parke Meek, the self-taught steampunk technical wizard who worked in the Eames office and was the curmudgeonly doyen of Jadis, the retrofuturist wunderkammer on Main Street in Santa Monica, passed away at 86."